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PHD PROGRAMMES 2020-21


IIT Gandhinagar is looking for bright and dedicated young scholars interested in research to join us as Ph.D. scholars.

Currently, we offer Ph.D. programmes in Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, History, Language & Literature, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Epidemiology and Sociology.

Prospective students satisfying the eligibility criteria are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the research areas of our faculty members for suitable match of interest. IIT Gandhinagar also offers a Start Early Ph.D. Fellowship with additional financial support for exceptionally qualified undergraduate students from select colleges wishing to start on a direct Ph.D. programme after B.Tech.

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Important Dates

  • 02 November 2020

    Application submission deadline

    11 November 2020

    Announcement of shortlist (tentative)

    22-28 November 2020

    Online Interviews (tentative)

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  • Eligibility Criteria

    Eligibility Criteria


    At least 55% marks or 5.5 CPI marks in M.A./M.Sc./B.Tech./M.Tech. or equivalent degree in appropriate branches. Above mentioned eligibility criteria is minimum at Institute level.

    For discipline wise minimum eligibility criteria, please click here. The disciplines may use higher cut off levels for short listing besides giving due consideration to the way questions are answered in the application form. Candidates belonging to EWS/SC/ST/PD categories would be eligible for relaxations, as per norms, in the selection criteria.

  • Admission Categories

    Admission Categories


    Regular(RR): Fulltime residential research candidate.

    Continuing Doctoral Programme (CDP): This if for the candidates working in industry or as a faculty in any educational institution. In this category the candidate is given advance admission with 90 days of residency requirement in 1st year and on successful completion of 1st year, the admission is confirmed with the expected minimum 2 years of full time residential requirement on campus for completing course work and a major part of thesis work. After 2-years, the candidate may be permitted to go back to parent organization subject to significant progress in thesis work. Subsequently, the candidate is expected to complete at least 2 weeks of residency at the Institute for each semester all through the PhD programme. A certificate in support of the candidature must support the application. Click here for more details about the programme.

  • Financial Support

    Financial Support


    Students joining the Ph.D. program as regulars (RR) will be considered for Institute Fellowship based on the following norms:

    • 1. Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science with NET/GATE Qualification or Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (B.Tech/B.E.) with NET/GATE Qualification or Post Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (M.Tech/M.E. etc) : Rs. 31,000/- per month.
    • 2. Qualifications mention at (i) above with two years of Research Experience: Rs. 35,000/- per month.

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  • Admission Procedure

    Admission Procedure


    In view of the current COVID 19 situation, for 2020-21 Sem II, admission will be offered based on online interviews only.

    Admission is generally offered on the basis of an interview, which is supplemented by a written test if necessary. The Institute will invite a limited number of candidates for a written test and interview based on the academic records, statement of purpose, etc. The final selection will be mainly based on academic credentials, written test and/or interview.

    The written test is generally based on the topics related to general aptitude (logical reasoning, analytical and numerical ability, etc.), writing skills, and basic courses of various disciplines at undergraduate level. The candidates who do not qualify in the written test need not appear for interview. The reserved category candidates will be given due relaxation in cutoff marks as per the norms.

    The candidates called for the Test / Interview will be reimbursed any amount exceeding Rs.750/- for to and fro single second-sleeper class railway fare by the shortest route from their place of residence to the Institute /venue of the Test / Interview. For example, in case of total railway fare of Rs.1400/- the candidate will be reimbursed Rs.650/-. It is required to produce evidence (railway ticket) in support of the claim.

    In addition to the announced admission cycles with prescribed deadline of application, the Institute also considers applications any time of the year in case of exceptional candidates. Based on the qualifications of the candidates and the need of the discipline concerned, applications received are processed through duly constituted selection committees at regular intervals.

  • Application Procedure

    Application Procedure


    "Reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS), as per MHRD OM dated 17th January 2019, for Post Graduate admissions at IIT Gandhinagar will be implemented from Semester I, Academic Year 2020-21".

    All applications must be submitted online. If you are applying for more than one discipline, please submit a separate application for each discipline. After successful submission of the application form, you will receive an application number and a link to download the application form. Please save the application form. You need to furnish hardcopy of the application form and self attested copies of all the relevant documents at the time of interview. Incomplete applications will be rejected

    Application Fees: Rs. 100/- (SC/ST/PD Category), Rs. 200/- (Others)
    You NEED NOT send the hard-copy of the application form.

    Important Dates

    Application Submission Deadline - 02 November 2020
    Announcement of shortlist (tentative) - 11 November 2020
    Online Interviews (tentative) - 22-28 November 2020

    Discipline-specific interview dates will be announced in due course.

  • Focus Areas
    • Biological Engineering

      Epigenetics, DNA Regulatory Mechanisms and retrotransposition, Quadruplex Nucleic Acids in Disease Regulation, Biomolecular Simulations,intracellular transport system, Nanobiocatalysts with new architectures and scope of application, Neuroscience, Biomechanics, Neural Control of Movement, Movement Disorders, Rehabilitation, cellular response to bio-nanomaterials,Biomedical engineering and Instrumentation, Structural DNA Nanotechnology, Stem Cells Programming and regenerative medicine, Cellular and Chemical Biology, Protein Aggregation in Neurodegenerative Disorders, small molecule & macromolecular crystallography and structural biology of proteins, Computational structural biology, Integrative and network modeling of macromolecular complexes

    • Chemical Engineering

      Chemical Reaction Engineering, Multiphase reactions, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Polymer Processing, Polymer Gels, Polymer Blends, Shape memory polymers, Smart Polymeric Materials, Polymer Ionic Liquids, Process Systems Engineering, Colloids and Interfaces, Rheology, Powder Technology, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Molecular simulations, Protein aggregation and protein folding, Biomolecular Simulations, Supercapacitors and other energy storage devices, Polymer nanocomposites, Biomaterials, Bio-printing, 3D printing, Process systems engineering, Waste water treatment, Crystallization, Drug Polymorphism, Microbubble Engineering, Flow and transport in porous media, Hydrodynamic instability

    • Chemistry

      1. Organometallic complexes of heavy metals: singlet oxygen generation and photo-catalysis; Glycosylated porphyrins, Boron based dyes: bio-imaging and Photo-dynamic therapy.

      2. Medicinal Chemistry, Cancer therapeutics

      3. Computational chemistry, Molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations of nanoscale systems and biosystems. DNA sensing using nanopores

      4. Small molecule synthesis, synthesis of nanomaterials

      5. Asymmetric synthesis and synthesis

      6. Small Organic molecules for organic electronics, organic fluorophores or bioconjugates for analyte sensing and sub-cellular imaging applications

    • Civil Engineering

      Dynamic behavior; Liquefaction; Suction and collapse of unsaturated soils; Constitutive modeling; Earthquake Engineering; Geosynthetics; Machine learning architectures for Hydrological Sciences; Resilience of Urban water distribution systems; Land surface hydrologic modeling, remote sensing applications in hydrology, Climate change impacts on water resources; Dam breach and levee breach hydraulics, Debris flow modelling, Blockage/leak detection in pipes; Fire engineering, Performance-based earthquake engineering, Tall structures, High-performance concrete, 3D concrete printing, Resilience of infrastructure, Blast engineering

    • Cognitive Science

      Emotional processing, Visual attention, Visual cognition, Human Robot Interaction, Robotic Rehabilitation, Decision making, Neural correlates of Music & Meditation, Early detection of Alzheimers disease using Machine learning, Brain Connectivity, Tactile Perception

    • Computer Science and Engineering

      1. Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, and Deep Learning

      2. Efficient Algorithms for Machine Learning, including DL; tensors and their applications

    • Earth Sciences

      River Science, Seismology, Geophysics, Natural hazards, Tectnonic Geomorphology, Climate Change, Water Resources, Remtoe sensing & GIS, Water Quality, Environmental Geochemistry, Environmental Archaeology

    • Humanities and Social Sciences

      Wildlife conservation, human-animal relations, Northeast India, Psychoanalysis and Modernist Literature, World Literature, Mathematics and Literature, Bengali Modernisms in Literature Social determinants of health. Language acquisition, Semantics, Syntax Indian Writing in English, Women's writing, Indian Feminist Literature Harappan Archaeology; Ancient Technology & Provenance Studies; Ancient Indian Art, Architecture, Epigraphy, Numismatics; Heritage Management and Conservation Environmental Archaeology, Archaeozoology and taphonomy, Experimental Archaeology, Phenomenology, Posthumanism, Embodiment, Visual Culture Visual perception & Attention, Emotional Processing, Social Cognition Histories of colonialism, Modern Indian History (Assam and Bengal), Language and Ethnic Identity Politics in Assam, Histories of National Movements, Social History, Sociolinguistics, writing and literacy, endangered languages, multimodality, Adivasi society, Gujarat; Jharkhand.

    • Electrical Engineering

      1. Nanoelectronics, Semiconductor Devices, Nanotechnology

      2. VLSI Design, Asynchronous Circuits, Computer Architecture

      3. Biomedical Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Ultrasound Imaging and Therapy

      4. Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition

      5. Signal Processing, Soft Computing, Image & Video Processing, Multimedia Forensics & Security

      6. Control Systems, Estimation Theory, Robotics

      7. Power Systems and Smart Grid

      8. Fiber Optics, Photonic Sensors, Nanophotonics, Electromagnetic Metamaterials, Computational Electromagnetics

      9. Deep Learning, High Performance Computing

    • Mechanical Engineering

      1.Fluid Mechanics - Low Re-flows, Hydrodynamic instability, Fluid-Structure interaction.

      2. Solid Mechanics and Material Mechanics

      3. Linear and Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibrations

      4. Wave Propagation in Solids and Acoustic Metamaterials

      5. Experimental Structural Dynamics

      6. Biomechanics

      7. Robotics

      8.Combustion and Energetic materials

    • Materials Engineering

      1. Colloidal processing of ceramics, Dewetting, Soft lithography, Tribology

      2. Modeling of additive manufacturing

      3. Synthesis and mechanical properties of multiphase alloys

      4. Material Mechanics (Metals, Ceramics, Polymers, Foams and Biomaterials)

      5. Biomaterials, Nanosafety, Environmental applications of nanomaterials

      6. Antibiotic Polymers

      7. Computational Materials Science and Engineering

      8. Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Materials

    • Mathematics

      1. Fluid dynamics; Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing

      2. Analytic Number Theory, Special Functions

      3. Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes

      4. Partial Differential Equations

    • Physics

      1. Nanomaterials, Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces

      2. Active matter, Chemically propelled micro-/nanomotors, Microfluidics

      3. Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

      4. Black Hole Physics, Modified Gravity Theories

      5. Hot and dense QCD matter, Physics of quark-gluon-plasma

  • PMRF

    Prime Minister's Research Fellowship


    The Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme has been designed for improving the quality of research in various higher educational institutions in the country. With attractive fellowships, the scheme seeks to attract the best talent into research thereby realizing the vision of development through innovation. The scheme was announced in the Budget 2018-19. The institutes which can offer PMRF include all the IITs, all the IISERs, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and some of the top Central Universities/NITs that offer science and/or technology degrees. The candidates will be selected through a rigorous selection process and their performance will be reviewed suitably through a national convention time to time. The candidates will be selected through a rigorous selection process and their performance will be reviewed suitably through a national convention. Kindly visit https://pmrf.in/ for more details about PMRF.

    Selected Fellows from IITGN

    Name - Abhishek Kumar Pandey
    Institute Email ID - abhishek.pandey@iitgn.ac.in
    Discipline - Civil Engineering
    Institute Roll Number - 16350001
    Website - https://sites.google.com/iitgn.ac.in/abhishekkpandey/home
    Year of Joining PhD - 2016
    PhD Advisor - Pranab Kumar Mohapatra